AUGUSTA — Cobscook Bay State Park will come alive Saturday, Jan. 26, with an abundance of Winter Family Fun Day activities. In additional to dog sled rides, sledding, ice skating, tote rides and more, the event will feature the Ski and Snowshoe Trailer, providing free use of cross country skis and boots, snowshoes and all the necessary gear.
The action runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and includes a hot lunch and a warming station.
Cobscook Bay’s third annual Winter Family Fun Day is part of the “Take It Outside” campaign run by the Parks and Public Lands Division, which is part of the Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry.
“The idea is to encourage Maine families to get outdoors for recreation, relaxation and health” said Will Harris, director of Parks and Public Lands, in a press release. “We are able to keep the activities very affordable thanks to the support of our sponsors.”
The day’s activities, including lunch, are offered for the bargain price of $1.50 for anyone aged 12 to 64; and free for those older than 64 or younger than 12.
The Ski and Snowshoe Trailer and its contents were provided by a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund, along with sponsorships by L.L. Bean, Wicked Joe Coffee and Healthy Hometowns, a program of the Maine Winter Sports Center. The trailer has 66 pairs of cross-country skis, boots, bindings and poles, and 44 pairs of snowshoes.
This is the second year for the Ski and Snowshoe Trailer, which will be making the rounds this winter, stopping at a number of Maine state parks. Besides Cobscook Bay, the upcoming schedule includes Mount Blue State Park, Bradbury Mountain State Park, Wolfe Neck Woods State Park, and Aroostook State Park. Cobscook Bay State Park management reports a good snow base and groomed cross-country trails.
Winter Family Fun Days enjoy the generous support of L.L. Bean, Poland Spring, Wicked Joe Coffee and the Maine Winter Sports Center. Local sponsors for the Cobscook Bay festivities include Bangor Savings Bank, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust, Machias Savings Bank, the Bank of Maine, Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, RH Foster Energy, and Washington County Community College.
Cobscook Bay State Park is in Washington County’s Edmunds Township. For more information, visit take-it-outside.com or call the park at 726-4412.